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A top ally to President Donald Trump at the Justice Department was ordered to vacate the building and banned from accessing its facilities after attempting to "pressure" officials into providing her with alleged information about election fraud, according to a new report.
The White House liaison, Heidi Stirrup, was a reportedly close colleague to Stephen Miller, one of the president’s closest advisers. She was appointed to serve as a liaison between the White House and the Justice Department in recent months amid the final days of the 2020 election.
Ms Stirrup has been accused of demanding sensitive information from Justice Department sources surrounding ongoing investigations and open cases into apparent allegations of voter fraud.
She was forced out of the Justice Department within the last two weeks, according to the Associated Press, which cited numerous anonymous sources. The Justice Department, the White House nor Ms Stirrup have immediately responded to requests for comment.
The news comes after Attorney General William Barr told the AP in an interview earlier this week his department had not seen any credible evidence of mass voter fraud in a way that would change the results of the presidential election.
However, the president and his allies have continued to promote false and debunked conspiracy theories surrounding his electoral defeat, falsely claiming the vote was rigged against him before ballots could be counted.
The attorney general told the news outlet: “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Mr Trump’s personal lawyer has meanwhile continued to assert the election was stolen in public statements while taking his discredited claims and witnesses to state houses and oversight hearings across the country amid a series of failed legal challenges.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has led the president’s legal battle against the electoral process, was forced to try and shush his own witness at a hearing in Michigan on Wednesday night as she attacked Republican lawmakers.
Ms Stirrup, who previously served as acting director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement and served as a central figure in the administration hardline approach to immigration policy along the US-Mexico border, technically remained in her position as of Thursday afternoon.
Mr Trump has continued to insist the election was rigged and demanded the Justice Department look “at all of this fraud” when asked earlier this week if he maintained confidence in his attorney general.
“This is not civil,” he said, while still failing to provide any credible evidence to back his claims. “This is criminal stuff. This is very bad, criminal stuff.”